The Causes of American Civil War

The Causes of American Civil War

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  • Causes of American Civil War
  • States’ Rights
  • Slavery In America
  • American Civil war (1861-1865) was fought between the Northern states (Union) and the Southern states (Confederacy) which occurred because of the following issues:
  • Underground Railroad
  • The issue whether America should be treated as a single union or separated independent states create a fracture between the North the South. The Southern states wanted sovereignty for each state while the North wanted to keep the country united.
  • Abraham Lincoln’s Election
  • The Southern states' economy relied mainly on slave labor, while the North was against slave labor. The different in this ideology farther resulted in more events that future separate the nation.
  • Secessionism
  • The Underground Railroad was operated by activists who were mostly from the North. Such action was illegal, but its continuous operation angered the South as more slaves were "stolen" from them.
  • Abraham Lincoln was known for his antislavery ideology. When he was elected as the president, the South felt threatened and was worried that their right would be taken from them.
  • As tension reached its maximum degree, the Southern states decided on secession, which directly lead to the American Civil War.
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